Dolphins practice in California after Irma

From ESPN - September 13, 2017

OXNARD, Calif. -- With some family members and friends still in Florida dealing with the remnants of Hurricane Irma, the Miami Dolphins began preparations for their first regular-season game with a practice here on Wednesday. They play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday at StubHub Stadium.

The NFL canceled the Dolphins' opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Miami a week ago because of Hurricane Irma. The storm shifted west and Miami was somewhat spared, as severe winds and rain resulted in power outages throughout the area, but no major flooding. Players and coaches appear, for the most part, to have avoided major property damage.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has pledged $1 million to the rebuilding efforts for the region, flew coaches, players and their families to Los Angeles on a team charter on Friday. The Dolphins are using the Dallas Cowboys training camp facility in Oxnard as the team's home base for the week.

Coach Adam Gase left Miami last Wednesday with his family after he found out the game was canceled. He arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday. He acknowledged it's been strange watching what's going on back home.

"You are just so far away that it does not seem real when you are watching it on TV, but knowing that's where you are from and wondering how everything is going to play out," Gase said. "There's a lot of friends that we have, staff and players that stayed back. We were getting a lot of information about what was going on, and we had a lot of guys scattered throughout Florida, too. So we were just getting constant updates from the people that were back there. And it's tough because you know it's going to take some time to recover and get things fixed."

Gase said the final few players arrived Tuesday evening. Edge rusher Cameron Wake, who stayed in Miami, was the last to report. Gase said Los Angeles Rams IT staff pitched in to help the organization get up and running over the weekend in time for the team to begin practicing this week.


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